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So I was browsing through most of the graphics card section and I am amazed just how far we have come! I remember when I first got my 486 computer. My step dad gave it to me because he bought a top of the line gateway (they were the bomb back in those days). He only gave me his old computer because it had Wolfenstein and I would play it for hours. I remember buying my first "real" computer which was a HP Pentium 1. The hard drive went out and back in those days I was quoted $80/hr plus cost of the drive. I said forget that! I opened up the computer and when I saw how little of the stuff that was actually inside, I was like I paid $2,000 for this! (those were the prices back then) It made me mad lol. To make a long story short I ended up learning how to fix it and that is how I got into computers. This is where the graphics card came into play. I bought my first Voodoo 1 card. This thing ran at a extreme speed of 50MHz! That was along with the powerful 4MB of ram to push those high end games of the day like Quake and others. I remember seeing that shining 3DFX Logo on the card and thought I was one bad mofo. My friends were all impressed with the quality of the graphics and were sad when they had to go home and play their nintendo.

So this got me thinking, what if? What if Voodoo had expanded more of their cards into the OEM market? I think we would have seen a whole different ball park today in the market of graphic cards because they would have made more money and would not have been bought out by NVIDIA. Boy do I miss Voodoo! I can only imagine what they could have been.

So what do you remember about your glory days of your first graphic card?
    
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I remember voodoo3 cards on the back of EGM magazine ! Take a look at these -

http://82.114.193.227/vga/rservice.p...nku=2007080002

I remember fawning over so many of these Diamond cards....seemed so untouchable and I couldn't afford on to run the old Battlezone reboot.
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I most certainly do. It was the Voodoo3 3000 PCI. I remember finding this on the shelf at Best Buy and I remember my jaw hitting the floor that they were actually selling them. So of course I purchased it without thinking. I was on Cloud 9 with that card!!

At the time, I had an HP Pavilion 'tower' (lol) which my parents bought after much saving. It had a 200MHz Pentium in it (it was the best on the market), it had 16-bit onboard audio, onboard SVGA, a 16x CD-ROM drive .. I forget the rest. It came with everything because we had nothing for computer-related parts.

Anyway, when I upgraded from that onboard SVGA to that Voodoo3 3000 PCI, the first thing I noticed was that everything on the monitor looked better. I mean, the colors were noticeably better. Then playing games like Descent II was much, much, much, much better. hehe

Oh and I can't forget playing the first Unreal with this card: I was like "I can finally play it!" lol!

Then one day my brother gave me his Gateway which had a 450MHz Pentium II in it which also had a Voodoo3 3000 AGP! I have since lost my PCI version, but I recently discovered that I still have the AGP version - and it is inside of my PCI version's box! lol

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My first PC was a Compaq Deskpro 2000. It had a Pentium 166MHz, 32MB RAM, and onboard 1MB video with a 1GB hard drive running Windows 95. This was ~1998-1999? I actually had another tower before it (probably of comparable specifications) but I don't remember it much and it was short lived.

My first sole owned PC was a Celeron 633MHz, 64MB SDRAM and a GeForce 4 MX 440, which I suppose was my first GPU. I killed the PC (motherboard and/or PSU; the rest lived), but I did so learning.

Next up was my Dimension 4100. I still have that PC (though it differs from original configuration), and it's one of my favorite OEM PCs.

It only went up from there.
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I remember voodoo3 cards on the back of EGM magazine ! Take a look at these -

http://82.114.193.227/vga/rservice.p...nku=2007080002

I remember fawning over so many of these Diamond cards....seemed so untouchable and I couldn't afford on to run the old Battlezone reboot.
LOL. Thanks for the pics! Wasn't that the last model for Voodoo? I can't remember
    
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I most certainly do. It was the Voodoo3 3000 PCI. I remember finding this on the shelf at Best Buy and I remember my jaw hitting the floor that they were actually selling them. So of course I purchased it without thinking. I was on Cloud 9 with that card!!

At the time, I had an HP Pavilion 'tower' (lol) which my parents bought after much saving. It had a 200MHz Pentium in it (it was the best on the market), it had 16-bit onboard audio, onboard SVGA, a 16x CD-ROM drive .. I forget the rest. It came with everything because we had nothing for computer-related parts.

Anyway, when I upgraded from that onboard SVGA to that Voodoo3 3000 PCI, the first thing I noticed was that everything on the monitor looked better. I mean, the colors were noticeably better. Then playing games like Descent II was much, much, much, much better. hehe

Oh and I can't forget playing the first Unreal with this card: I was like "I can finally play it!" lol!

Then one day my brother gave me his Gateway which had a 450MHz Pentium II in it which also had a Voodoo3 3000 AGP! I have since lost my PCI version, but I recently discovered that I still have the AGP version - and it is inside of my PCI version's box! lol

Good times.
I truly miss the old days of Quake 3 and UT. I even remember getting off work and playing Half Life till like 5 in the morning lol.
    
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My first PC was a Compaq Deskpro 2000. It had a Pentium 166MHz, 32MB RAM, and onboard 1MB video with a 1GB hard drive running Windows 95. This was ~1998-1999? I actually had another tower before it (probably of comparable specifications) but I don't remember it much and it was short lived.

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Next up was my Dimension 4100. I still have that PC (though it differs from original configuration), and it's one of my favorite OEM PCs.

It only went up from there.
Haha nice! I Remember when I went to buy and additional 16MB of ram for my computer it was over $200 dollars. $200 dollars!!!! LOL. I just bought a nice SSD for the a week ago!
    
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Makes me wonder what PC's will be like in 10 more years...
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they will be a lot faster than pcs of today im sure
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they will be a lot faster than pcs of today im sure
True, but you can tell the companies are milking us for our money LOL. The Voodoo 1 ran at 50MHz and we are now around at maybe 1000MHz on stock in 15 years!
    
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